The core issue of this paper is efficient balancing of allocation of customers among multiple distribution centres. Allocation involves clustering of customers in such a way that the associated resources in terms of cost and time are minimal. Ready solution to this problem could be through nondeterministic polynomial (NP)-hard type model. But NP-hard type model is inherently time consuming in arriving at an optimal solution. This paper compares the meta-heuristic genetic algorithm with an improvised heuristic scheme developed from the 2-opt heuristic model. Possible solutions for efficient clustering of customers are then proposed. Copyright © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
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Pa Sivakumar, Ganesh, Kb, Anbuudayasankar, S. Pc, Punniyamoorthy, Md, and Koh, S. CeLenny, “Heuristic approach for balanced allocation problem in logistics: A comparative study”, International Journal of Operational Research, vol. 14, pp. 255-270, 2012.